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Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan Update
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There's been an update released (August 2012) on work underway or planned by the different land management agencies involved in the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan.

It's worth a read as there's some great initiatives underway including the opening up of a few key links on the mountain like the lower pipeline track as well as planning work on routes such as the proposed Chalet Downhill Track.  In the bigger picture apparently there's some thinking going on about a Hobart to Dover regional trail, including the opening up of a track from Ridgeway to Mt Nelson and also from Mt Nelson to Kingston.  It would be awesome to be able to get back into those areas again.

It also looks like the Hobart City Council are looking at setting up a volunteer register to help with the design and construction of tracks, Parks and Wildlife are working (as resources allow) on the development of a mountain biking policy as well as management plans for both Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area & the Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area.

There's not enough space to plug all the great initiatives going on, but click on the links to the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan and have a look and stay up to date.

While you're thinking about Mt Wellington, check out the Draft Management Plan for Mt Wellington which is out for comment until October 26, 2012.  Chapter 9 includes mountain bike use, and there's been some useful comments over in the forums on pedalbite.com if you want to get your head arond things the quick way.
Greater Hobart Mountain Biking Plan Moves Ahead

02 March 2012

According to the agenda of the Hobart City Council Parks and Customer Services committee, they will be considering endorsing the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Master Plan at their meeting on the 16th February.

The recommendations before the committe include scheduling upgrades on several key trails over the next three years; commencing planning for the development of the Chalet to Junction Cabin downhill trail proposal; and nearest and dearest to my heart they're looking at making the following trails "shared-use":

  • Pipeline Track - McDermotts Saddle to Fern Tree
  • Huon Rd to Waterworks Link
  • Mount Stuart Track/Summit Loop, Knocklofty Reserve
  • Joggers Loop Link Track, Queens Domain.

I've always through the the McDermotts Saddle to Fern Tree route in particular is a key missing link for us cyclists as for me it's the easiest way to get up the mountain (not that I've ever ridden up there of couse).

Of course this is all subject to more reports, the completion of risk management works and the development of a monitoring and evaluation plan, and I guess the endorsement by this committee and the council, but it's a step in the right direction, so yay to that.

Greater Hobart MTB Master Plan - September Update

The September 2013 update from land management agencies involved in the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan has been released.

This update outlines what projects the land managers are currently undertaking or planning to undertake in the near future.

The update will be available on the Wellington Park website: http://www.wellingtonpark.org.au/greater-hobart-mtb-masterplan-endorsed/ (you may need to refresh your browser to see it).

Unfortunately it looks like quite a few initiatives are stalled pending funding, but that shouldn't overshadow all the great work that has been done, and things will proceed.  One only has to look back over the last five years to see how far we've come.
Hobart Mountain Bike Track Update (December 2015)
This is an update from Hobart City Council on Hobart's Mountain Bike Track works, including an opportunity for Trackcare to work with the #GreenArmy on the Slides project. This project will connect the two popular riding areas of Knocklofty Reserve and South Hobart.

Hobart Rivulet Track

Hobart City Council is seeking feedback on the proposal to replace the gravel track with an all-weather sealed surface. Click here to provide comments [link removed]. A successful grant from the Trails and Bikeways Program is funding some of the improvements. Last winter sections became wet and boggy and the lack of sunlight prevented it from drying out. The muddy surface makes it unpleasant for people using prams, on bicycles, mobility scooters or simply walking and combined with the slope from McKellar St, the slipperiness has safety issues for people riding or walking.

Tip Top Track

Last year, the City of Hobart Bushcare program trialled a Trackcare activity at Tip Top and it was a huge success.  The new Bushcare Coordinator at the Hobart City Council is now looking to extend this program by setting up a "Trackcare" group.  Full details are below.

Hollybank Mountain Bike Facility - Trail Master Plan Released

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For those who like to drool over future trails, check out the Hollybank Mountain Bike Facility- Trail Master Plan 2013 listed below.

This document gives a great overview (including maps) of what is to come from the Hollybank MTB project and it's got me rather excited.

While you're checking out what's happening in the North east, jump on over to the new MTB North East Tasmania website (Note linked deactivated July 2018 as now defunct).  

As well as being the new central information point for the North Eastern Mountain Bike Development Project (NEMTB), this site has been set up as a social hub for riders and businesses in the region to interact.  

I'd encourage people to get on over and visit the site, have a look around, register, and start getting some information up there to get the community going.

Note: weblinks removed in 2019 as no longer live.

 
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